Books to look forward to in 2014

A New Year Resolution to read more books about economics?

It’s time for a browse through the publishers’ catalogues to see what enticing economics and business books will be out in the next few months (this is of course a non-exhaustive list – I’m happy to update this if anybody knows of others coming out in the first half of 2014).

I have to indulge myself in putting my own new book first: GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History is published on 23rd February.

GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History

Also from my publisher Princeton University Press, I like the look of the history title The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the 19th century by Jurgen Osterhammel. Greg Clark’s The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility looks like a highly distinctive take on the mobility question. Other new economics titles are The Dollar Trap by Eswar Prasad, Fragile By Design (on banking crises) by Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber, and The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks and what to do about it by Ian Goldin and Mike Mariathasan. The best title in the catalogue could be Count Like An Egyptian by David Reimer – a guide to ancient maths.

At Harvard University Press, there is Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, which I posted about recently. Also coming up, Immigration Economics by George Borjas

MIT Press has several I like the look of: Production in the Innovation Economy, edited by Richard M. Locke and Rachel Wellhausen; In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future, Edited by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta; Virtual Economies – Design and Analysis by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova; and Making Democracy Fun by Josh Lerner (“drawing on the tools of game design to fix democracy.”)

In 100 Years: Leading Economists Predict the Future


Basic has Bill Easterly’s The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor out in March.

On Penguin’s forthcoming list: The Secret Club That Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodities Traders by Kate Kelly; An Uncertain Glory by Amartya Sen; All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster by Danny Dorling.
An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions
From Faber in April, Gerard Lyons, now advising Boris Johnson on economics, The Consolations of Economics: How We Will All Benefit from the New World Order.

Later in the year Oxford University Press is bringing out Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age, Edited by Manuel Castells and Pekka Himanen; The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression by Daniel W. Drezner; The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs by Hans-Werner Sinn;  and After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the 21st Century by Tom Malleson looks quite interesting too.

After Occupy: Economic Democracy for the 21st Century

Finally, I’m also looking forward to Philosophy at 3am: Questions and Answers with 25 top philosophers by Richard Marshall, who does the Friday morning philosophy interviews in 3am Magazine – always quirky, always interesting.



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